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What is repetitive therapy?
Repetitive therapy refers to a combination of two different non-surgical procedures that help combat gum disease: scaling and root planing.
Scaling refers to a procedure that removes the plaque and tartar from your teeth, both above and below the gum line. Root planing smooths the actual tooth roots, eliminating rough spots where bacteria may accumulate in areas below the gum line that you cannot reach by brushing.
A local anesthetic is administered prior to the procedure to ensure you remain comfortable throughout your cleaning. Afterwards, you may experience some mild discomfort, which can be relived by taking an over-the-counter pain reliever. For patients with receding gums, root planing results in a clean, smooth root surface making it easier for the gums to heal from the gum disease.
The importance of repetitive therapy
If you have gum disease, then receiving prompt diagnosis and treatment is key. Gums that are red, puffy, sore or bleeding characterize the first stage of gum disease, known as gingivitis. If gum disease is identified and treated while still in the stage of gingivitis, then repetitive therapy may help stop the disease before permanent damage has been done.
Left unchecked, gum disease enters its advanced stage, known as periodontitis. During this stage, pockets form between the gum line and your teeth, which causes a buildup of bacteria and tartar. These pockets only can be cleaned through professional treatment. Otherwise, the bacteria in the pockets multiply, and eventually deepen the periodontal pockets and further advance the disease.
What to expect during a course of repetitive therapy?
Any single round of repetitive therapy is performed in two separate appointments—one for each side of the mouth. Working in this way means you do not have to have your entire mouth numb at one time. Repetitive therapy then is performed at intervals.
How often you return for another round of scaling and root planing is determined by your periodontal condition, which is influenced by the following factors:
- The severity of your gum disease
- What periodontal treatments, if any, you have had
- Your response to gum disease treatment
- Your rate of plaque growth
These maintenance visits help protect your periodontal health and prevent future instances of gum disease. In some cases, repetitive therapy is not enough to combat gum disease. Therefore, other procedures may be needed to fully treat your case of gum disease.
Remember, there is no cure for gum disease. Your best defense against the disease is maintaining a thorough regimen of oral hygiene at home, which includes brushing twice per day, flossing daily, and visiting your dentist in Choto once every six months for a check-up.
Repetitive Therapy in Knoxville
If you have gum disease, it is crucial to seek treatment. To learn more about repetitive therapy, call our office today at (865) 409-5077 to schedule a consultation.
Choto Family Dentistry is proud to serve clients in Knoxville, Tennessee, and the communities of the Choto and Northshore.